Texas country artist Hayden Haddock performs at The Rustic Downtown

OPENING A NEW music venue is never easy, but add a pandemic into the mix, and it's damn near impossible. It's no small feat then that Shan Pasha, frontman of local punk outfit Ruiners, managed to open the doors and bay windows — an architectural godsend during a pandemic — of his new music venue and bar, Red Dwarf, in the Midtown space formerly home to Mongoose Vs. Cobra, in August of last year.

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Anyone familiar with Houston's live-music scene over the last few decades has likely heard of Bubba McNeely. He's been in the biz for nearly his whole life, having gotten his start in gospel music at the age of 12.

McNeely's star rose during Houston's heyday in the '80s, and he gigged around L.A. and Vegas before returning to H-Town nearly 20 years ago. "The thing that makes me different is I do '70s and '80s R&B, jazz and disco, which no one else does," says the lively crooner, noting he still inflects everything with a tinge of gospel. "You know, 'play that funky music white boy,' 'turn the beat around,' all that stuff."

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LOCAL TRANS LATIN rapper Santino Alcoser, 26, released his debut album under his Uncle Tino moniker last week, and the project promises to become one of the best local drops of the year. Titled "Color Fool," the titles of the nine-track album, which speaks of Alcoser's experience as a trans rapper of color, start with the color red before working through every color of the rainbow by the conclusion of the album.

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